I'm using in some Controller Code like:

Mage::getSingleton('core/session')->addError('Did you forget your password?');

$this->_redirect( 'customer/account/forgotpassword' );

I don't understand what's the difference between _redirect and _redirectError. Hope someone can give me a hint.

$this->_redirectError( 'customer/account/forgotpassword' );

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If you take a look at the function in Mage_Core_Controller_Varien_Action

const PARAM_NAME_ERROR_URL          = 'error_url';
 * Redirect to error page
 * @param string $defaultUrl
 * @return  Mage_Core_Controller_Varien_Action
protected function _redirectError($defaultUrl)
        $errorUrl = $this->getRequest()->getParam(self::PARAM_NAME_ERROR_URL);
        if (empty($errorUrl)) {
            $errorUrl = $defaultUrl;
        if (!$this->_isUrlInternal($errorUrl)) {
            $errorUrl = Mage::app()->getStore()->getBaseUrl();
        return $this;

Magento only check if there is an error_url parameter in the current request. If there is one it redirect to this URL. If there is no error_url parameter it redirect to the default URL, here the function parameter.
On another side the _redirect() function make a "simple" redirect to the provided URL.
Note that also have a _redirectSuccess() function based on the same logic as _redirectError()


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